WHSAA Fall #2 2015 Board Of Directors Meeting Results
The Wyoming High School Activities Association Board of Directors put the soccer season back to the way it was, and conferences for the new reclassification cycle have been mostly figured out.
The board passed on second reading, that the soccer season will start and end at the same time as track and field, beginning in Spring 2017. Similar to track and field, competition will start the weekend after the 4A/3A basketball state championships, and the state championship events for both soccer and track and field will be on the same weekend.
Riverton Boys Golf:
The Wolverines are the 3-time defending 4A team champs, yet the program was downgraded to 3A for the next classification cycle. However, teams always have the option to opt up or down 1 class, but if they do so, it has to be for 2 years. Riverton boys has elected to opt up to Class 4A, while the girls team will compete in 3A.
Conferences in the new reclassification cycle:
This was not an action taken by the board, rather it was determined by coaches and AD's of the various schools. The new reclassification cycle starts in fall of 2016 and runs through spring 2018.
4A and 3A Football will be unchanged from the previous seasons. 10 in 4A and 12 in 3A.
2A Football: There will still be 14 teams. The only change is that Moorcroft will replace Wright in the East.
1A Football: There will be 12 teams. Wright will replace Moorcroft in the East. Lingle-Ft. Laramie, Riverside and Burlington will downgrade to 6-man.
6-Man: There will be 16 teams with Lingle-Ft. Laramie, Riverside and Burlington dropping down from 1A. Lingle-Ft. Laramie and Riverside will be ineligible for the playoffs, because their 2-year enrollment numbers put them above the cutoff line, between 1A and 6-Man. The East will have Normative Services, Hulett, Midwest, Kaycee, Lingle-Ft. Laramie, Guernsey-Sunrise, Rock River and H.E.M. The West will have Little Snake River, Farson-Eden, St. Stephens, Dubois, Meeteetse, Ten Sleep, Burlington and Riverside.
Reclassification for volleyball, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf, swimming, wrestling and 4A Soccer:
3A Soccer is still to be determined. This will be finalized at the scheduling conference after the football state championships.
4A: The only change is that Jackson will take Riverton's spot in the West. There will be 7 teams in the west for boys golf only, with Riverton opting up.
3A: Riverton, Lyman and Thermopolis are in, while Jackson moves up, and Lovell and Glenrock move down. After thinking about overall travel, it was decided that:
3A Northeast: Thermopolis, Worland, Buffalo, Douglas
3A Southeast: Newcastle, Rawlins, Wheatland, Torrington
3A Northwest: Cody, Powell, Riverton, Lander
3A Southwest: Pinedale, Star Valley, Mountain View, Lyman
2A: Lovell, Glenrock and Upton are in. Lyman and Thermopolis move up, while Saratoga moves down.
There will be an imbalance in the conferences. 6 in the northeast, 5 in the southeast, 5 in the northwest and 4 in the southwest. When it comes to regional play-in games for volleyball and basketball in the northeast, it appears that the 6th place team will not compete, and be automatically eliminated from the post-season. Similar to the 1A Northeast in boys basketball.
2A Northeast: Tongue River, Big Horn, Wright, Moorcroft, Sundance, Upton
2A Southeast: Glenrock, Lusk, Southeast, Burns, Pine Bluffs
2A Northwest: Rocky Mountain, Lovell, Greybull, Riverside, Shoshoni
2A Southwest: Wyoming Indian, Wind River, Big Piney, Kemmerer
1A: Saratoga is in, and will be placed in the Southwest with Encampment, Little Snake River, Farson-Eden and Cokeville. Upton moves up to 2A.